[TriLUG] Powerline - Ethernet over AC lines & Linux
reginald.reed at gmail.com
Sun Sep 23 22:03:38 EDT 2007
Actually, this information is pretty dated. As I stated in the
original thread, I have personally used the newer 85Mbps devices. The
devices I own are ethernet based, so there are *no* drivers required.
On 9/23/07, K4HM <k4hm at arrl.net> wrote:
> I think what you initially asked about was actually Homeplug, which is
> entirely different from BPL.
> "Homeplug" devices have been around for years and a search on Google will
> find lots of information. I only knew one person who tried Homeplug and he
> seemed satisfied with it. I have not used it myself.
> They use your LOCAL house wiring to send an RF signal between plug-in
> adapters within your home. The RF signals are not on the same frequencies
> as the WIFI wireless adapters that are popular today so they are not
> susceptible to being hacked by someone parked in front of your house with a
> wireless laptop. They also require drivers loaded on the PC to use the
> adapter which of course that also means your buddy can't come over and share
> your network.
> I believe they are also limited to a theoretical speed of a little over
> 10Mbps which is probably sufficient for home use unless you are trying to
> clone your hard drive to another system.
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